A Little Rusty

We had a little taste of spring weather over the weekend and I’m not going to lie to you… it made me down right giddy. There was something about walking outside and not immediately wishing you were back indoors that put me in a marvelous mood for 3 days straight, so I threw on this little rust-colored lace up dress to celebrate.

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FOREVER21 DRESS & SOCKS || SOUTH MOON UNDER JACKET & BAG (similar) C/O || RAY-BAN SHADES || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || ROMAN & SUNSTONE NECKLACES

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I actually wore this exact outfit to Thanksgiving dinner with my family. It was unseasonably warm for November so I took advantage. I usually opt to wear these over the knee boots as an alternative to pants when it’s not absolutely freezing outside and the extra long over the knee socks added a little warmth as well!

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I feel like we can see the light! The season of bare legs is upon us, guys! And while I love my layers I seriously can’t wait to shed them and start buying nothing but little sun dresses and sandals!

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Laid Back Lace

I’m all about those pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down with just the right accessories and this little lace embellished dress fits the bill.

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SHEIN DRESS C/O || BOOHOO COAT C/O (similar here, here) || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || MOLLY & ZOEY BAG || CHANEL SHADES (similar)

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You know nothing John Snow…… Ok sorry just had to get that out. LOL. I always feel like I belong on Game of Thrones when I wear this coat. Drop me off at the Wall for a little while… I wouldn’t be mad at it. Anyway! Back to the dress. If you can’t tell from the close ups, it’s t-shirt material, which is an instant win for me. So it’s super comfortable but the lace detail takes it up a notch in the looks category, which brings me back to my ‘dress it up or down’ point. Here I’ve dressed it up with the boots, but it could easily be worn dressed down with high top sneakers and a baseball hat.

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Do you guys loooooove this bolo? Plot twist: I made it myself! They are so insanely easy to make, and relatively cheap compared to buying one in stores. Perhaps I’ll do a DIY blog post on it sometime soon?img_4221img_4217img_4215img_4214img_4210

I don’t know about y’all but I’m sure over this crappy weather we’ve been having. Although, I can’t really complain because it’s only snowed twice this year, which is pretty wild for New Jersey. HOWEVER. It has been cold and rainy and windy and that kind of weather = NO blog pictures, guys. So yeah, I feel like complaining. On the other hand… February is almost half way over which means March is right around the corner and then it’s April so hello warm weather… almost! ;]

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No Pants No Problem

I’ve said it over and over and over again, these boots give me LIFE. I think they’re probably the best thing Matt’s ever bought for me, and definitely the one gift I’ve actually gotten the most use out of. I did ask for another pair in another color for Christmas but I didn’t get it.. womp womp! HAH. I’ve tried on other over the knee boots but NONE have been as comfortable as these. I’ve walked laps around New York City in these boots, spent long nights at concerts standing and dancing the entire time in these boots, you name it, I’ve done it and I have not felt the need to complain once yet. Splurge on these if you splurge on anything in your life. They are so worth it.

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FOREVER21 SHIRT DRESS || H&M LEATHER JACKET || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT ℅ || ROMAN & SUNSTONE LAYERING NECKLACES (here, here) ℅ || ROMAN LUXE BLACK DIAMOND COCKTAIL RING

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I wore this outfit last month when we went into Asbury to see Grace Potter perform at the Paramount Theater. As I said, I was standing and dancing all night in these boots and did not have to limp back to my car after, hah.

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I have so many flannel shirt dresses in my closet now. I love how comfortable and casual they are. They can also be worn open as a vest or buttoned up as a dress, as shown above. When it gets too cold I throw on leather leggings and ankle booties to create a different look that won’t freeze my butt off.

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Bundle Up with Sheinside

Winter happened in one weekend here in New Jersey. In two days we got dumped on with snow complete with high winds and bitter temperature, and then it was gone. Now it’s back to a nice 40-50 degree week. This cozy coat from Sheinside is perfect for these cool, but not frigid, days we’re experiencing.

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SHEINSIDE COAT ℅ || FOREVER21 DRESS || STUART WEITZMAN HIGHLAND BOOTS || CHANEL BAG || H&M NECKLACE (SO old! similar here) || ROMAN LUXE RING

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When the coat itself is worn open and untied, it can be a bit overwhelming with the oversized collar. I liked to keep it tied to add shape to my waist and not get lost in all of the fabric.

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I also love having a statement coat in my closet that isn’t fur. I love my fur coats, DUH, but you have to switch it up sometimes! The red is such a stunning color and I love the way it stands out against a snowy backdrop too! Sheinside has an amazing collection of coats at such amazing prices! I’m linking to some more of my favorite statement coats below!

GREY TWEED COAT || LONG WHITE SHEARLING COAT || BURGUNDY LONG SLEEVE VELVET TRENCH  || CAMEL DOUBLE BREASTED CAPE || MINT GREEN LONG WOOL COAT

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Throwback Thursday: School Girl Style

When I was younger I always kind of fantasized about going to private school and having to wear a uniform every day. I love getting dressed each morning, believe me, but school uniforms just looked so cute, didn’t they? This is my take on channeling my inner private school girl… all grown up. I don’t remember why this outfit never made it to the blog a few months ago but it’s here now!

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FOREVER21 CROPPED SWEATER (similar) || SOUTH MOON UNDER SKIRT ℅ || STUART WEITZMAN HIGHLAND BOOTS || ROMAN LUXE RING ℅ || JUNO BOUTIQUE RING

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This was a fantastic outfit for the fall. I loved wearing this cropped sweater and skirt combo with these boots when it started to get a little cooler but not quite cold enough for outerwear yet. God I miss fall. Although, can we even complain about the winter we’ve been having? It’s been the most mild I’ve ever experienced!

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I hope these button front suede skirts are still in this spring and fall because I am not over them yet. I didn’t get to wear them enough last year, haha. This style reminds me so much of the early 90’s, Clueless-esque fashion. I’ve said it 100 times but I’m so glad the 90’s are coming back in a more refined and chic way my generation gets another stab at it. The 90’s were 10 years of pure awkwardness for me.

The Birthday Suit

Whoops, it’s been a minute! Sometimes, guys, life actually does get in the way of blogging. Last week my children had a terrible stomach bug, and then got it! And then my husband got it… so it was a long, long week of feeling like death and needless to say, little got done, especially blogging. HOWEVER! It’s a new week, and with a new week comes a new outfit. I wore this outfit into the city last month for my birthday on a particularly warm evening!

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URBAN OUTFITTERS ROMPER || H&M LEATHER JACKET & VEST || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || LINEA PELLE BACKPACK || UPHORIA BOUTIQUE HAT ℅ || ROMAN LUXE RING ℅   (also love this one!) || URBAN OUTFITTERS NECKLACE

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Fun fact about the coat I’m wearing… it’s not just a coat, ha. When I found this romper I really wanted to wear it with a long black faux fur coat, however, I don’t own one nor could I find one anywhere! It looked weird with just the jacket so I layered on a fur vest to see how it looked and I was pleased. Definitely got the job done, while adding a little bit more warmth, and if you’re an avid reader of my blog you know I obviously love me some versatile pieces.

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My 28th birthday was probably one of my favorite birthdays ever in my adult life, haha. Matt organized the most amazing day in the city, and it was about 60 degrees (on December 15th… in New York, seriously), and then he surprised me with an intimate dinner at my favorite restaurant with my best friends! I’ve never been surprised before, it was so fun! It’s going to be hard to beat next year.

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Check Please

Typically this time of year on the East coast I would not be able to walk around in skirts or dresses without some serious layering action, but with this mild winter we have been experiencing thus far I’ve been able to re-wear some of my favorite fall pieces.

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H&M SWEATER & JACKET || BOOHOO OFFICIAL SKIRT ℅ || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || CHANEL BAG & SUNGLASSES (similar)

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I am trying not to enjoy the weather we have been having too much because I know a terribly cold winter is really just around the corner. It’s going to be bitter and awful… I’m really not looking forward to it, ha. We’ve been so spoiled but at the same time it’s kind of hard to get in the holiday spirit around here, isn’t it? Is this how people on the West Coast feel? Like, how do you get excited for a snowy Christmas when you can go out and about in a t-shirt and jeans? It’s strange!

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Anyway! I’m really into this skirt. I used to stay far, far away from anything with a print because they can be really unflattering when you’re curvy like myself, but I’ve been trying to teach myself to embrace that shit lately. Lucky for me, this skirt seemed to hug all of the right places instead of pointing out my large hips and thighs. It’s high waisted so in the warmer months I can pair it with a cute crop top or light t-shirt. Point being, it’s one of those items you can wear over and over again!

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Wrap Me Up

So as you may have noticed in my last post, I detest winter coats. I really won’t wear them until I absolutely have to, so I’m always browsing stores for a practical alternative. I bought this poncho cardi two years ago on Black Friday at Forever21 and it’s usually one of my go-to’s when I want to be warm but not bulky.

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SHEINSIDE OFFICIAL DRESS ℅ || FOREVER21 CARDI (old, similar here, here, here) || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS (cheaper alternative here, here, here)

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This sweater may be sleeveless but it is SO warm. It’s oversized and cozy so as long as I have some warm layers on underneath I feel zero need to wear a big puffy winter coat. This sweater came in a variety of patterns and colors and looking back on it I should have bought one of each. womp womp. It also made a fantastic pair with this Sheinside turtleneck dress. This dress is so soft and comfortable it feels a little like cheating to even call it a dress, but we all know how much I loved my t-shirt dresses over the summer so this allows me to carry that trend all the way through the fall and winter.

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IMG_0243So when Matt asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I said these boots… in every color, haha. I can’t stop wearing them! They’re so damn comfortable and flattering and a great alternative to wearing actual pants I just find myself grabbing them every time I get dressed. I need to add at least one other color to my wardrobe so I can switch it up a little. It’s getting a tad repetitive on here, no? However! Stuart Weitzman can cost a pretty penny, and although it is worth every single one, I’ve linked to some similar styles for WAY cheaper above. Treat yo’self!

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Street Art Style

I don’t know when this became a thing, but all over Monmouth County there is amazing, captivating art work being done on the sides of almost every building. Asbury is  littered with different art from tiny little decals you might not even notice to giant murals decorating the sides of the tallest buildings. Long Branch started to do the same thing a couple years back, then hit a lull, and now it seems as though they’re jumping on board again. I love it. Every time I drive through town there is something new to see, much like this dope ass mural we stopped to take some pictures in front of.

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HOT TOPIC TANK (similar) || FOREVER21 FLANNEL (similar here, here) || BEBE LEGGINGS || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || H&M JACKET || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || RETRO SUPER FUTURE SHADES  ℅ DITTO EYEWEAR

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As usual! Use my code THERACHELROSS at ditto.com to get your first month subscription to designer eyewear fo’ free! I’m addicted to this website, as I’ve mentioned 1,000,000 million times, no exaggeration. For $24 a month you can borrow from a variety of different name brand designer sunglasses and there are few things in life I enjoy more than borrowing something to add to my wardrobe without the commitment of buying it, ha. IMG_8274IMG_8279IMG_8280

This is the outfit I wore to that concert a few weeks back when I mentioned I had worn these boots all night with zero complaints. I normally wear them with mini dresses but throwing them on over leather leggings looks pretty phenomenal as well. I made the mistake of wearing these leggings while pregnant with Kennedy so I kind of stretched them out a bit. I think it may be time to get myself a few pair, ha.

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So apparently this tank top was on sale and is no longer available, and I can’t find this flannel on Forever21’s website anymore either. womp womp. I’ve linked to similar styles above in the outfit description. Forever21 does have very similar styles available, exact colors and whatnot, however, it happens to be in the mens section. Which is fine. Flannels are usually made to fit a little looser anyway, so this is one item you can definitely shop from your guy’s closet, just choose a smaller size of course, and you’re good to go!

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Back in Black

If I were a big celebrity in the pages of People Style Watch and I was in the “I really love my…” section, it would definitely be with these boots. I seriously have not been able to stop wearing them, but I’m not mad at it. I think the thing that really gets me about these beauties is how comfortable they are. I wore them to a concert last weekend, standing the entire time, and then out after and never once stopped to think to myself how uncomfortable I was. They are worth every penny guys, promise.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS DRESS & SWEATER || STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS || REBECCA MINKOFF BAG ℅ SOUTH MOON UNDER || ROMAN LUXE RING

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This dress makes me want to twirl around… which is probably why they call it the ballerina dress, I’m sure. Fun fact, this is also the first wrap dress I have ever owned. Quite shocking but now I feel like a grownup, ha. I love layering on this cozy cardigan for warmth and to add a bit of a casual vibe to the ensemble.

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I went on a crazy shopping spree at Urban Outfitters last weekend and this sweater and dress were two of my favorite purchases. The cardigan has been a staple of my wardrobe every single day since I bought it, I kid you not. The dress comes in a few other prints which are deliciously boho and flawless for fall. With the amazing weather we have been having lately simply throwing on over the knee boots with my favorite mini dress has been a uniform lately. Throw on a cozy cardigan when the sun goes down and you’re good to go!

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